A hydrocele is a type of swelling in the scrotum that occurs when fluid collects in the thin sheath surrounding a testicle. Hydrocele is common in newborns and usually disappears without treatment by the age
Inguinal hernia is most noticeable by its appearance. The bulge in the groin appears to increase in size when one bends over or coughs, and it could be painful or sensitive to the touch. In men, large hernias can protrude into the scrotum, causing pain and swelling in the testicles.
A baby can get an indirect inguinal hernia if the lining of their abdomen does not fully close while they are developing. Older adults usually get a direct inguinal hernia because of the weakening muscles of their abdominal wall.
Inguinal hernia is most commonly seen in males. Other risk factors that can increase your chances of this condition include heredity, obesity, cystic fibrosis, chronic cough, and chronic constipation.
A physical exam is usually all it takes to diagnose the problem. During the physical exam, the urologist may apply some pressure to your abdominal region and scrotum to check for tenderness and the presence of a hernia. If a bulge is present, you may be asked to cough, and your doctor will observe its movements.
An ultrasound or x-ray can also help your doctor determine the cause of the scrotum swelling and confirm a hernia.
Blood and urine tests may also be done to look for signs of any infection that can be present.
Inguinal hernias are treated by surgical procedures. During the surgery, an incision is made in the groin, the hernia is pushed back into the abdomen, and the abdominal wall is strengthened with mesh and stitches.
A minimally invasive robotic surgery using laparoscope, an instrument equipped with a tiny camera projecting the inside of the abdomen onto screens, may be performed. This method allows for smaller cuts to be made, resulting in a faster recovery time.
Dr Colin Teo is the Founding Head of Khoo Teck Puat Hospital’s Urology Department, with years of experience in minimally invasive keyhole surgery, operating with precision surgical techniques. Many fellows have trained under his mentorship. He did a Fellowship in EndoLaparoscopy and Andrology at St James’ Hospital in Leeds, UK and was sponsored for a Senior Healthcare Medical Development Program (HMDP) in Advanced Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery at University of Southern California (USC) Keck Hospital in Los Angeles, USA.
He performs Laparoscopic Hernia Repair as day surgery and provides attentive and personal peri-operative care with his dedicated clinical team to ensure an optimal recovery outcome for his patients.
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